Saint Panteleimon's is an Orthodox Christian parish of Russian tradition serving the New South Wales Central Coast and the northern suburbs of Sydney. Our parish includes Russians, Ukrainians, Belarussians, and Orthodox Christians of other backgrounds. We are a parish of the Australian and New Zealand Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia, a self-governing part of the Russian Orthodox Church. We use Church Slavonic, the liturgical language of the Slavic peoples, and English, the language of this country, in our services. Established in 2000, our parish is one of the newest in our Diocese.
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St Panteleimon Russian Orthodox Community of Gosford
BSB: 032-596 Account number: 140923
May the Lord bless you!
At 7.00pm on Tuesday 31 May, the Eve of the Apodosis of Pascha, Paschal Matins will be served. In parishes of our Diocese, services for the Apodosis of Pascha - the day before the Great Feast of the Ascension of the Lord - are customarily served as on the day of Pascha itself, fully sung and with the sanctuary doors opened. On this day we sing the joyous Paschal hymns for the final time before "taking leave" of Pascha and celebrating our Lord's Ascension.
On Wednesday 1 June and Thursday 2 June we will have services for the Great Feast of the Ascension of the Lord. All-night Vigil with the blessing of wheat, wine, oil and five loaves will be served at 6.00pm on Wednesday and Divine Liturgy will be served at 9.00am on Thursday. As it was on this feast-day in 2007 – 15 years ago this year – that canonical communion was re-established within the Russian Orthodox Church, prayers of thanksgiving will be offered at the end of Divine Liturgy.
Our Winter 2022 Schedule of Services - covering June, July and August - is now available. Services of note during this period include those for the Great Feast of the Ascension of the Lord on Wednesday-Thursday 1-2 June; for Saints Peter and Paul on Monday-Tuesday 11-12 July; for our patronal feast of Saint Panteleimon on Monday-Tuesday 8-9 August; and for the Great Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord on Thursday-Friday 18-19 August. A copy of the English-language Winter 2022 Schedule of Services is available here, and a copy of the Russian-language Winter 2022 Schedule of Services is available here. Printed copies in both languages are also available in church.
On Saturday 14 May and Sunday 15 May we had services for the Fourth Sunday of Pascha, the Sunday of the Paralytic. All-night Vigil was served on Saturday evening and the Hours and Divine Liturgy was served on Sunday morning. At Divine Liturgy the parish rector was assisted by Protodeacon Martin Naef, and prayers were offered for peace in Ukraine and for deliverance from the coronavirus.
On Saturday 30 April and Sunday 1 May we had services for the Second Sunday of Pascha, Thomas Sunday. All-night Vigil was served on Saturday evening and the Hours and Divine Liturgy were served on Sunday morning. At Divine Liturgy prayers were offered for peace in Ukraine and for deliverance from the coronavirus. At the end of Divine Liturgy on Sunday the Artos was cut and distributed.
This year, our parish again had a number of traditional services for Holy Week and Pascha. Matins with the reading of the Twelve Passion Gospels was served in the evening on Thursday 21 April, Vespers with the bringing out of the Shroud of Christ at midday on Friday 22 April, Matins with Lamentations before the Tomb of Christ in the evening on Friday 22 April, and Divine Liturgy in the morning on Saturday 23 April. On Saturday evening we had an early Midnight Office and procession followed by Paschal Matins and the blessing of Easter baskets with cakes, eggs, and other festive foods. Paschal Vespers was served at 11.00am on the morning of Pascha, Sunday 24 April. The parish rector was assisted by Deacon Michal Matys on Thursday evening, by Protodeacon Martin Naef at Vespers on Friday and at the services on Saturday evening, and by both deacons together on Saturday morning.
On Sunday 17 April we had services for the Sixth Sunday in Great Lent, Palm Sunday. A blessing of water was served by the parish rector early on Sunday morning, following which there was a blessing of pussy willows and palms. The Hours and Divine Liturgy were then served as usual, with Protodeacon Martin Naef assisting the parish rector. At Divine Liturgy on Sunday prayers were offered for peace in Ukraine and for deliverance from the coronavirus.
On Tuesday 6 April and Wednesday 7 April we had services for the Great Feast of the Annunciation of the Mother of God. All-night Vigil with the blessing of wheat, wine, oil and five loaves was served at on Wednesday evening, and the Hours, Typika, Vespers and Divine Liturgy were served on Thursday morning. At Divine Liturgy prayers were offered for peace in Ukraine and for deliverance from the coronavirus.
The April 2022 issue of “Word of the Church” (“Церковное Слово”), the official journal of the Australian-New Zealand Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia, is now available in our parishes. This edition continues the beautiful glossy colour format introduced in December 2020. Content includes Metropolitan Hilarion’s 2022 Paschal Epistle in Russian; the Ukase concerning Priest Alexei Jukoff’s transfer from Dandenong to Adelaide to assist and then replace the retiring rector of the Saint Nicholas parish, Archpriest Vladimir Deduhin; a Russian-language obituary of the late ever-memorable Protodeacon Constantine Moshegov; information about the 2022 Great Lenten Pasoral Conference of our Diocese; Part II of ‘The Relationship Between the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia and the Serbian Orthodox Church in Australia in the period from 1950 until 1969’, the English-language text of a lecture presented to the ROCOR Centenary Conference; and more. Copies are $5.00.